MIAMI TWP. -- Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers have identified the pilot of the plane that crashed Monday night as 50-year-old Douglas Morgan.
They are saying the plane ran out of fuel before crashing near the I-675/I-75 interchange. Morgan is at Kettering Medical Center, listed in stable condition.
According to troopers, Morgan flew out of Middletown Regional Airport, just to fly around a little, but the plane ran out of fuel before he made it back to Middletown. Troopers said Morgan attempted to land at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport. The other man who was injured in the crash has not yet been identified.
According to the FAA, the plane that crashed Monday night is owned by Doug Morgan Construction LTD of Middletown. A Harold H. Morgan was issued his pilot's license in July 2012, according to the FAA.
Earlier in the day, police said the pilot admitted to drinking before he flew the plane but it's not clear whether officers are planning to pursue charges stemming from that confession.
Miamisburg resident Steve Pleasant told WHIO-TV he saw a small airplane flying low and it appeared to crash on the other side of a tree line. He said the crash “lit up the whole sky.”
Area residents also reported to WHIO-TV of hearing at least two explosions. Officers searched the field with flashlights by the Miamisburg water tower near I-75.